Voices of Faith: Believers, we are one, aren't we?

 

"But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere -- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NLT)

"But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere -- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NLT)

There is a thirst among many children of God today all over the world. It is a thirst that comes from a need for a deeper walk with Him. If you are reading this and feel that you cannot experience a more satisfying and fulfilling walk with Christ than you have right now, I challenge you to review the words of Paul.

Philippians 3:13-14 in the Amplified Bible says, "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the (heavenly) prize..."

To be filled (or for some of us, to be re-filled) with the Holy Spirit is the greater gift that we need to maximize the foundation of Jesus Christ.

Christ, though without sin, took on our sin and shame, so that we might not receive our just sentence -- death. He also wanted us to enjoy life with Him in eternity. According to Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord."

But after salvation, then what? How do I carry out my Christian duties in full view of a sinful world that rejects Christian principles of love for others, modesty and respect? How do I maintain integrity as a believer when television shows and social media message boards continue to grow more lurid and profane? How do I love my neighbor who does not acknowledge me when I wave? Or how do I avoid a total breakdown after the death of a loved one?

In the Greek, "power" in this text is translated "dunamis" meaning "ability." When one seeks to be filled with the Holy Spirit, he or she is seeking to be filled with the ability to fulfill the calling that we have as believers. Without being filled with the Spirit, we cannot "love our enemies," "bless them that curse (us)," "do good to them that hate (us)" or "pray for them which despitefully use (us)" as set forth in Matthew 5:44. It takes supernatural ability to do this. Praise God this is available to us! The question is, how thirsty are you?Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center, Church of God in Christ, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and the author of "Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal."

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